During the 2001 attacks, I was working in downtown Manhattan and was exposed to the toxic dust and air particles- what became the cause of my breast cancer. I am now living as a cancer survivor and someone who has asthma and other respiratory issues. My husband was an NYPD sergeant, a first responder at 9/11 and is certified with the WTC monitoring program. I became a major researcher as part of staying proactive by seeking out all the new cancer therapies and diagnostic treatments because I am convinced that this war on cancer is far from over. Having read the CDC reports about the many surprise cancer cases and illnesses stemming from 9/11, I needed to arm myself with as much information on what to do, where to go and what's available. They say the attacks were a life changer for us all... being diagnosed over 15 years after that day tells us that we are still being attacked, this time from inside our bodies!
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Fighting Back with Smart Research and Prevention
Each year, we honor those who have given everything including their lives during the 9/11 disaster. We also celebrate the survivors- especially the many rescuers who maintain the spirit of helping others through awareness and research. Meet Richard Marrone, a 9/11 first responder who is now an active supporter of regular screenings and cancer scans of the continued health threats to all exposed by the WTC toxins. As a medical person and an advocate for advanced medical treatment options, Mr. Marrone shares his philosophies about prevention and a proactive lifestyle to all at-risk survivors and first responders.
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Stay Proactive with RESEARCH, REGULAR CHECKUPS and a SECOND OPINION
Patient advocates (especially for cancer cases) are committed to supporting the patient's level of confidence by seeking out efficient professionals (with advanced credentials) and better resources to provide alternative support-- all as part of the SECOND OPINION mind set. THINKING PROACTIVELY means doing your "homework" as far as what's available and what you feel is best for you!
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It all starts with GETTING CERTIFIED!
For the tens of thousands of first responders and volunteers affected by 9/11 illnesses, there are still so many who may have neglected the process to being certified with the WTC Health program. While the heath program was reauthorized for 70 years, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was only re-authorized for five years, and it's going to expire at the end of 2020.
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